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NCAA Basketball Tournament: OU vs. North Dakota State matchups

OU opens tournament play at 6:27 p.m. Thursday in Spokane, Wash.
by Ryan Aber Published: March 19, 2014
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OKLAHOMA VS. NORTH DAKOTA STATE

When: 6:27 p.m. Thursday

Where: Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane, Wash.

TV: truTV (Cox 48/HD 760, Dish 242, DirecTV 246, U-Verse 164/HD 1164)

Radio: KRXO-FM 107.7

INSIDE THE MATCHUPS

POINT GUARD

OU — Jordan Woodard (6-0, Fr., 10.3 ppg, 4.7 apg)

NDSU — Lawrence Alexander (6-3, Jr., 10.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg)

Alexander had a career-high 14 rebounds in North Dakota State’s biggest regular-season win of the year — over Notre Dame in early December. Woodard’s scoring hasn’t been as consistent lately, but he’s continued to run the point in an efficient way, distributing the ball all around.

EDGE: Sooners

FORWARD

OU — Ryan Spangler (6-8, So., 9.8 ppg, 9.4 rpg)

NDSU — TrayVonn Wright (6-7, Sr., 11.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg)

Spangler should be right at home having played at nearby Gonzaga as a freshman. Wright has recorded at least one block in 29 of 31 games this season and has multiple blocks in 19 games.

EDGE: Sooners

FORWARD

OU — Cameron Clark (6-7, Sr., 15.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg)

NDSU — Marshall Bjorklund (6-8, Sr., 13.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg)

Bjorklund leads the nation in field-goal percentage at 63.6 percent and is shooting 65.5 percent for his career. After a slump in the middle of the Big 12 season, Clark has bounced back to again be one of the most dangerous offensive weapons for the Sooners.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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